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Opportunity Enterprises Seeks Volunteers for Pack-a-Thon

For one day every year, the workshop at Opportunity Enterprises transforms into a hub of volunteer activity during its annual Pack-a-thon event.

Hundreds of people from throughout the community gather to help the not-for-profit organization pack more than 43,000 runner bags for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. OE has taken on this huge task for the past nine years with the help of volunteer teams and individuals.

As a result, the OE Pack-a-thon has become one of the largest single-organization volunteer events in Northwest Indiana, combining music, camaraderie and high energy for a day of service and fun. And...

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Jump and Jive with Julie, an American Girl

Calling all girls!  Your chance is coming to jump and jive with Julie, an American Girl at the South Haven Public Library, September 19, 2-3 pm

This program is for children in Grades K and up. Join us as we learn about Julie and life in 1970's America.  Participants will play games, make a friendship bracelet and enjoy a snack.
Attendees must read Meet Julie by Megan McDonald.

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Valpo Phoenix Tryouts

The Valpo Phoenix, a girls 10 and Under and 12 and Under travel softball program, will be holding tryouts for its 2010 teams on Monday, August 31 and Thursday, September 3 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Bicentennial Park, 175 Burlington Beach Drive, Valparaiso.

Attendance on both dates is suggested, but not required.  There is no cost to tryout.  Divisions are based on participant ages as of December 31, 2009.  Girls should bring their own equipment and please be prompt.

For questions contact the following:  9-10 years old as of December 31, 2009 contact Don at 219-545-9410 and for...

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Big Life Presents An Evening with Mike Huckabee

Big Life Ministries is pleased to welcome 2008 Presidential Candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee as our featured guest speaker for our Annual Big Life Fundraising Event, to be held at Faith Church on the Dyer Campus (100 81st Ave., Dyer, IN 46311.  Governor Huckabee is author of New York TImes Best Seller "Do the Right Thing" and also host of the syndicated radio show "The Huckabee Report" and Fox News Channel's weekly "Huckabee" show.

This event, scheduled for Monday, September 14th from 7-9PM, is by invitation only. ...

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KV Historical Society Presents Aukiki Festival

The Kankakee Valley Historical Society will host the Aukiki River Festival from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, August 22, at the KV Historical Society grounds, 1099 Baums Bridge Road, south of Kouts.

Take part in activities that include kids’ crafts, basket weaving and storytelling. Observe an archaeological dig, trap and skeet demonstration, and visit with authentic French Voyageur. Listen to music performed by The Trois Canards and Susan and Gary Brown.

Disney Donation Prepares Club Members as they Head Back to School

The Disney Store in Merrillville recently collected over 900 back to school supplies, bagged them and delivered them to the South Haven Boys & Girls Club for distribution to club members.

The South Haven club members are looking forward to seeing more of the "VoluntEARS" from the Disney Store as a possible "movie night" is in the planning stages for the very near future.  This is just an example of the approximately 5 million hours of community service donated this year by the VoluntEARS.

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Purdue North Central Welcomes New Faculty Members

Purdue University North Central welcomes new faculty members for the 2009 - 2010 academic year. They are:

Michael R. Lynn - professor of History and chair of Department of Social Sciences. He has a Ph.D. and master's degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisc. and holds a bachelor's degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Lynn previously served as an associate professor at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga.

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Boys & Girls Take Flight with Kite Camp

Approximately 16 club members of the Duneland Boys & Girls Club recently participated in a Kite Building Camp, led by two members from the University of Western Michigan's football team. As part of the program, the kids designed, assembled, and flew their very own kites! The Duneland club is a part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County.

Displaying her kite is Molly Tucker with Sam Jaeger (left) and Clark Mussman...

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Preparing a Classroom

As the school year is poised to launch excitedly tommorow, I have spent the last two days helping my mentor teacher get the classroom ready. Arranging desks, putting up posters, stamping books, going through class rosters, preparing curriculum, staff meetings, and more.

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Rebuilding Together to Provide Ramp Assistance

Porter County homeowners who would benefit from having ramp systems that provide safe access to their homes may apply for help this fall from the local affiliates of Rebuilding Together. 

Rebuilding Together affiliates in Valparaiso, Duneland, Portage and Hebron are sponsoring “Ramp It Up, Porter County,” a campaign to install up to 10 ramp systems on Oct. 17. The campaign is being supported by a $25,000 Heroes at Home grant, sponsored by Sears Holding.

Homeowners eligible for ramp installation must meet low-income requirements, be a veteran of the armed services (or the spouse, widow or dependent child of a veteran), and live in...

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Discoveries Unlimited: Dedicated to Guiding Girls Toward STEM Careers

Discoveries Unlimited is taking an innovative, individual approach to inspiring and supporting female youths' interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).  By assessing the student’s interest in an area of STEM, they will create year-long mentoring partnerships between Valparaiso middle/high school female students and STEM industry professionals.  The mentor will provide individual encouragement/ support/ guidance, share personal experience, and provide “inside” knowledge of the industry/ career/educational path to the student. The goal is two-fold: to give girls a chance to discover their potential in STEM and to see where it can take them; and to help stop the “brain drain” in Northwest Indiana by exposing the STEM...

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